At Trek Travel, we want each moment to exceed your expectations. Imagine a day in your life on a trip with Trek Travel, whether it’s a day of luxury and cycling through the vineyards of Tuscany or tackling a world-renowned climb in the Alps and overlooking the stunning mountain landscape. We don’t just promise a cycling vacation. We promise to change the very definition of what a cycling vacation should be.
Day 4: Gaiole to Castello di Casole
|7:00 AM||You awaken in one of the most elegant hotels in the Tuscan hillside. There’s no alarm clock and the bed is so cozy it’s almost impossible to leave. But the irresistible scent of freshly made coffee and croissants floats through the air and gives you the motivation to greet the day.|
|8:00 AM||Make your way to the hotel restaurant for a breakfast spread of Italian and European favorites: Muesli, handmade pastries and of course, eggs, yoghurt and fruit. After one more cup of coffee, it’s now up to you to decide, “Do I ride today? Or explore the village boutiques with my newfound friends?”|
|9:30 AM||You choose to ride. Soon it’s time to gather in the bike room for a route description of your trip through the “Chianti Classico” wine region, the very heart of Tuscany. Fill your bottles, set your Garmin and prepare for a delightfully charming ride through the effervescent countryside.|
|10:00 AM||As you set out through Tuscany’s rolling hills dotted with stone farmhouses and olive groves, you take your time and snap some photos. Maybe even stop to sample some local cheeses. Here, there’s no rush.|
|12:00 PM||Soon, you arrive in the quaint village of Casole d’Elsa, an ancient Etruscan settlement. Our meeting point is a family-run Osteria known for their handmade Tuscan pasta dishes and seasonal salads. Together, we’ll sit outside and enjoy the sun with a mid-day glass of Chianti. It’s what you do around here, after all.|
|1:30 PM||After lunch, you’ll enjoy an energizing descent through the countryside as we pedal to our hotel. As you make your way, you soon realize that photos, while precious, simply won’t do this scenery justice.|
|3:00 PM||You’ll arrive at the stunning five-star Castello di Casole, just in time for afternoon drinks by the pool. Throw on a swimsuit, grab your favorite book and relish in an hour or two of complete relaxation and downtime. Or if you feel like it, pamper yourself at the spa next door.|
|6:00 PM||Take part in a private pizza-making class, where you’ll learn how to spin your own pizza dough and create the pie of your choice with a trained pizzaiolo. You’re a little new to this. How much is a dash? How do you crack an egg with one hand? More wine, please. Luckily, one of the best chefs in town is your guide.|
|9:00 PM||It’s been an exciting day, but it’s time to turn down. Your bed is waiting, relaxing music is playing, and a gentle breeze wafts through the courtyard. Does this have to end?|
Day 2: The Prosecco Loop
|8:00 AM||Wake up on your schedule|
You awaken in one of the most charming hotels in the Veneto region of Italy. There’s no alarm clock, and there is no pressing schedule to stick to. The bed is so cozy that you may just decide to get some more sleep and enjoy a leisurely morning.
|9:00 AM||Enjoy a delicious breakfast|
Make your way to the hotel restaurant for a delightful breakfast made of the best spread of Italian and European favorites: Muesli, handmade pastries, and, of course, eggs, yogurt, and fruit. After your morning cappuccino, it’s now up to you to decide whether you’d like to ride, to shop in town, or to visit the spa.
|10:00 AM||Choose your rides, check your bikes, and get ready for the day’s adventure|
After choosing to ride, you access the Ride With GPS app on your phone and click on “Day 2” of your itinerary to see what riding options you have and what highlights you may find on your route. You opt for the short ride and change into your cycling gear. In the bike room, you complete a quick safety check on your bike, following the simple instructions shared with you by your Trek Travel guide. You then fill your bottles, place your phone onto the bicycle handlebar and start the navigation app, preparing for a charming ride through the vine-covered hills of Italy’s Prosecco region.
|11:00 AM||Take in the sights of the region as you ride at your pace|
As you set out through Veneto’s rolling hills, you ride at your own pace, taking your time and snapping some photos. You are craving a coffee and, by browsing the Ride With GPS app on your phone, you find suggestions about a great local coffee shop where you can stop along the route.
|12:30 PM||Enjoy lunch and a glass of the region’s famed Prosecco|
After more leisurely riding, you arrive in the quaint village of Valdobbiadene, home of the fabulous Prosecco DOCG. The Ride with GPS app mentions a picturesque spot known only to the locals, and by following the track on the app, you reach this secret place where you experience an amazing wine tasting, great appetizers, and spectacular vistas. The app also provides a list of recommended trattorias to stop at for lunch, but you decide that a glass of Prosecco accompanied by a plate of charcuterie and cheeses is all you need for now.
|1:30 PM||Finish up today’s ride as you head back to the hotel for the afternoon|
After this wonderful stop, you’ll continue pedaling through tranquil roads surrounded by vineyards on the hillsides as the route leads you back to the hotel. On the ride, you reflect on the luxury of shaping the day as you wished, choosing your ride distance, stopping for coffee in the morning, and deciding on lunch from a helpful list of recommended restaurants.
|3:00 PM||Soak in the pool, head to the spa, or relax with a good book|
Wrapping up your afternoon riding, you’ll arrive back at the stunning five-star Villa Cipriani, just in time for afternoon drinks by the pool. Throw on a swimsuit, grab your favorite book, and relish in complete relaxation. Or if you feel like it, pamper yourself at the spa.
|6:00 PM||See what you have in store for tomorrow’s adventures|
You call your Trek Travel guide for a chat about tomorrow’s adventure and to share the highlights of the day! You may get some great suggestions about the rides, cultural activities, local markets, or shopping opportunities in the towns you will be passing through tomorrow!
|7:30 PM||Treat yourself to a delectable dinner|
Armed with a list of recommended restaurants, you are free to select any restaurant that suits your tastes best. Enjoy an incredible dinner savouring the flavours of this beautiful land and toast to this exciting day of gorgeous riding, world-class wines, and delicious food!
|9:30 PM||Rest, relax, and sleep|
Your bed is waiting and a gentle breeze wafts through the courtyard. The second day of your self-guided bike tour has come to an end, and you feel more accomplished than ever, having experienced a day on your own terms, with the flexibility of choosing what to do and when to do it! Before your head even hits the pillow, you’re dreaming of what tomorrow will bring.
Day 4: La Chambre to Col du Glandon to Col de la Croix de Fer to Alpe d’Huez
|7:00 AM||Rise and shine. Take your time, open the curtains and watch the sunrise. Today is a royal day. Today is the day that kings- and queens-of-the-mountains like you have been training for, perhaps for their whole lives. Today we climb 10,000 feet over the Col du Glandon, Croix de Fer and finally Alpe d’Huez. Of course, you don’t have to take on every climb if you don’t want to.|
|8:00 AM||You make your way down to the hotel breakfast with the group, and the chatter is nothing but excitement for the day’s challenge. You have climbed together for four days already, but today is different. We’ll make sure your breakfast is for champions, delicious and energizing. Take your time and let the anticipation build.|
|9:30 AM||Gather in the bike room for a group discussion on the route, stops, photo opportunities and more. Slip on your shoes, strap on your helmet, slather some sunscreen, and fill your pockets with goodies for the trip. You might be a bit nervous, but we’ll be there every step of the way.|
|10:00 AM||Ready to clip in and ride off? You roll out as a group, starting with a picturesque 19-mile descent from our hotel on top of Alpe d’Huez. The air smells of summer. Your legs feel good. You are ready.|
|11:00 AM||We’ll begin our adventure via the 21km climb of Col du Glandon with an average gradient of 6.9% and featured in the Tour de France 14 times. If you’re feeling especially good, start your ride with the 18 switchbacks of the Lacets de Montvernier, which made it’s first Tour appearance in 2015. Just because we can, take a little jaunt to the summit of the Croix de Fer before starting the long descent of Glandon.|
|2:00 PM||Today, you have ridden like a champion. We’ve stopped for a brief lunch along the decent of Col du Glandon, taken some photos and rested up for the final ascent up the world’s most famous Alpe.|
|3:30 PM||That’s it. You’ve made it. 21 switchbacks to the top of Alpe d’Huez. Did you see the names of the Tour’s Alpe stage winners on the side of the road? Did you stop for photos? At any rate, it’s time for some well-deserved R&R at the hotel. Simply hand off your bike to the guides and spend a few minutes discussing the day’s adventure with the group over a beer. Then, make your way to your room to relax and recount the memories.|
|6:00 PM||Tonight, you’re free to explore the lively mountain ski town known as Alpe d’Huez. Grab a quick pizza at a local brew pub, indulge in a hearty Raclette, or saddle up to some pasta. There’s plenty of variety to be found tonight and your guides are more than happy to help you choose.|
|10:00 PM||The day has flown by. It’s time to settle in to your room for the night, knowing full well that tomorrow is a new adventure.|
Day 3: The famous climb of Sa Calobra.
|7:00 AM||You wake up at your own pace, responding to the sunlight creeping outside your window. Spanish culture gets started a little later, but you’ve got miles to log, so it’s time to get cracking before the rest of the world sits down to breakfast.|
|8:00 AM||Make your way to the hotel’s famous European continental breakfast, complete with old favorites (eggs, bacon, potatoes) and new standards like muesli and antipasti. Make sure you’re fueling for the miles in front of you. If this is the life of a pro cyclist, you could sure get used to it.|
|9:00 AM||It’s time for the day’s pre-ride meeting, where your guides lay out two route options and prepare your electronically shifted Trek Domane for battle. Today you’ll be riding the famous Sa Calobra, one of the more famous climbs in Mallorca. The weather is picture-perfect with sun, mild temperatures and the smell of the ocean. Soon after, it’s time to hit the road. You roll out as a group, but everyone has a different pace by the first climb of the day to Coll de sa Batalla.|
|11:30 AM||The journey to Sa Calobra starts with a short climb before the dramatic descent to the small rocky cove beachfront. Once you snap a few photos of the tranquil Mediterranean sea and take a quick coffee, it’s time to climb back up. This may be the greatest climb of your life, with incredible views along a serpentine road.|
|1:30 PM||It’s time to re-fuel. Your guides will have the best sandwich you’ve ever had (of course anything tastes good after that climb) and you plan out the next challenge of the day: to conquer 80 more kilometers and two more climbs. Or you may choose to return back to the hotel to revel in your accomplishment and enjoy the hotel pool and spa.|
|3:30 PM||If you have chosen to conquer the avid route you will pass by the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs on the way up the fourth climb of the day. After the sweeping 14km descent from the top of the Puig Major, Col de Soller will be your final and challenging ascent of the day, from the top are views of Palma in the distance.|
|6:00 PM||You’re back to the hotel. Congratulations on a big day of once-in-a-lifetime riding. Now it’s time to change and relax by the pool, swapping stories about your favorite miles.|
|7:00 PM||The dining room opens and it’s time for a feast. Enjoy a culinary adventure of Mallorca’s local cuisine and even a few indigenous wines for those who choose to partake.|
|10:00 PM||Lights out. As you settle in for the night and let the cool evening breeze blow gently through your room, your legs may still feel the remnants of a hard day. But you’re so relaxed now, it’s hard to imagine you won’t be ready for more tomorrow.|